Sonoma, CA – Flying Lizard Motorsports made headlines last week following the announcement of its 2017 program in the Pirelli World Challenge GTS class. The Porsche team has now announced 2016 stand out driver Nate Stacy as the first driver to sign for the two car effort. Stacy has signed a one year deal with Flying Lizard Motorsports with the option to pursue a second year. Seventeen year old Stacy showed an impressive performance throughout the 2016 season, earning one win and eight podiums in his first full season in the GTS class.
“It means a lot to me as a driver to be a part of this effort,” said Stacy. “It is a big step forward for me to run with such a proven race team with so much history. With their experience, it’ll be exciting to learn so much from the whole team.”
The Oklahoma native began his racing career at age twelve, winning two races in the production altered Comma Series, as well as becoming the youngest driver to not only finish in the top 10, but to even compete in the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill. Stacy returned to the Comma Series in 2013 and became the youngest driver to win the championship, earning six wins and two top five finishes.
He joined the Pirelli World Challenge in 2014, competing in the Touring Car class. In his rookie season, he earned one win and an impressive eight podium finishes. The following year, Stacy focused on gaining experience and furthering his development as a driver, starting the season in the TC class before switching to GTS for the remainder of the season.
At just 16 years old, Stacy entered the 2016 season as a full season GTS entry with Roush Performance, showing increased talent with every race. He capped off the season with one of his most impressive drives to date, starting from the back of the grid to finish third at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
“I’ve come a long way in this last season,” said Stacy. “I still need to improve on my driving before I step into GT, so there’s still a lot to learn.”
As part of the driver development program that Flying Lizard Motorsports has established with Porsche to coach and cultivate young talents in North America, Stacy will race one of two FLMPorsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MRs. The 2017 Pirelli World Challenge GTS season kicks off at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, March 10-12.
Program Manager Darren Law
With our latest announcement of Flying Lizard coming back into the Porsche Motorsport fold fulltime, we have a lot a great things happening for the upcoming season. One of our goals is to give young drivers the right opportunity in the racing industry to be successful and showcase their talent. During the last two seasons in Pirelli World Challenge, I have had the opportunity to watch some of the other classes, especially the GTS Class and follow the progress of some of the up and coming talent. This is a great platform for young drivers, and Nate Stacy is one that really caught my eye. He showed the ability on track with raw speed, he was able to fight for podiums and wins in a car that was difficult to drive. He showed great race craft in difficult conditions against some veteran drivers, and we felt he should be given an opportunity with our program. The combination of Flying Lizard Motorsports, Porsche Motorsport, and the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR will be the right platform to do just that. We are happy to announce the signing of Nate Stacy as one of our drivers for the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge GTS class.
About Flying Lizard Motorsports
Since its inception in 2004, Flying Lizard Motorsports has become an iconic team in the world of sports car racing. The California based team has celebrated seven driver and team championships, as well as competed internationally at the 24 Hours of Le Mans eight times. The Lizards burst on the American Le Mans Series scene in 2004, competing in the GT class until 2012. In 2013, the team moved to the GTC class, still competing in legendary events such as the 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Daytona. In 2014, the team expanded its program to include running two Audi R8 LMS in the TUDOR Championship, and in 2015, again expanded the program to include two Porsches in Porsche Club racing, and two McLaren 650S GT3s with K-PAX Racing in the World Challenge series. Flying Lizard closed out the season with a dominating win at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill with Toyo Tires. In 2016, Flying Lizard supported K-PAX Racing to clinch the World Challenge Driver, Team, and Manufacturer Championships. No matter the race series or race car, Flying Lizard Motorsports has proven to be a championship contender in sports car racing. For more information, visit lizardms.com. For additional photos and all behind-the-scenes updates, check us out on Facebook, twitter and Instagram.